Back in the early to mid-80s, BMX freestyle was still
somewhat of a new thing. Companies were in a race to invent and create
components that could turn the average BMX bike into a full-blown
In a short period of time in addition to standing
platforms built into frames, forks, and handlebars, a number of
components that were more on the side of gimmicks and gadgets were
released into the BMX scene for consumption.
Almost every company
came out with an odd invention or two or at least a variation of
something already being done. Flip-up fork standers, frame stands,
screw-on pegs, flip-up pegs, frame extenders, bar extenders, Buff guards
which protected your foot from the backside of the fork, seats where
you clicked a button, and the nose of the seat extended, brake guards,
locking brake levers, and the Potts mod, which allowed you to run the
front brake cable through the center of the stem bolt, and into your
Within a few years, the sport of BMX freestyle went through
several extreme changes, including the difficulty of tricks, the
quality, and design of the bikes, and the disappearance of almost all of
the unimportant and mostly unnecessary gimmicky components.
veteran flatland rider Chad Johnston. Chad's always pushed the bounds
of reality and progression with his riding. It's hard to believe that
someone who rode during the 80s would currently be brakeless and pegless
as a flatland rider. That's exactly what Chad has done for the past
going on 14 years. Removing your brakes and pegs certainly doesn't make
things easier, but Chad enjoys the challenge with his less is more
approach and has put out several video parts to further prove his skill
level and creativity.
We caught up with Chad and talked about how
he got into BMX, the first time he saw flatland up close and personal,
being featured in the BMX Plus 101 Freestyle Tricks Part 2 video, how
the inTRIKat name came about, making some of the most iconic flatland
videos of all time, taking off his pegs in 2007, he and his wife Amy
starring in a music video, his signature S&M frame, bars, and
stem... his relationship with Chris Moeller, approaching age 50, and
what he's doing now...
So get comfortable, crank up your speakers, and get to know the man behind the inTRIKat plan... Chad Johnston!